Formosan termite

For·​mo·​san termite | \ fȯr-ˈmō-sᵊn- How to pronounce Formosan termite (audio) , fər-, -zᵊn- \

Definition of Formosan termite

: a large termite (Coptotermes formosanus of the family Rhinotermitidae) native to Taiwan and southern China that forms very large, usually underground colonies and has been introduced into Hawaii and the southern U.S. where it is a destructive pest of wooden structures

called also Formosan subterranean termite

First Known Use of Formosan termite

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Formosan termite

Formosa (Taiwan)

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“Formosan termite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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